Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pet Week!

This week at school we had a pet theme.

One of our mom's brought in a pet turtle!! We had a lot of fun with Shelly the Turtle!

For pet week, on Monday, we  made a stretchy dog. The pattern was found on the web. We bingo dabbed the dog. Attached the ear with a Brad.  Cut brown construction paper accordion style to make the dog stretch.

Tuesday, we made a stand up kitty.  This was found on . I am a member
of this site and was able to get the pattern. We painted the cat with dabs of orange paint! After the kiddos painted the cat, we cut it out and placed the glue at the head and the top portion of the cat's body, leaving the legs open so it would stand up.

Wednesday, we made the pet birds.  We really wanted to make the bird cage birds that was posted on Pinterest, but, time didn't allow, so we settled for these.  :) The bird was found on Bing, and we tweaked it to what we wanted.  The bird is sitting on a "swinging perch". The children used sticker eyes and we painted handprints minus the thumb for the wings using sparkly finger paint. The beaks and feet are just cut from orange construction paper, and the body is cut from blue.

Thursday is the day Shelly visited, so we made our own turtles. Shelly brought a lot of fun to the classroom. We bingo dabbed the back of a cheapie white paper plate, using multiple colors.  The turtle template was found on Bing.  We did cut the tail down some, for it was just too big! We stapled the head, legs, and tail to the plate.

Friday, we made pet bunnies.  I found the template from Bing and then wrote a poem to fit the need. The kiddos painted the bunny brown, then we cut it from the paper.  Glued it down to construction paper, had the kiddos place a cotton ball on top of glue and had them place a sticker eye.  The poem was also backed on black construction paper before being glued down.

Next week, we will have our Apple Week.  We usually do apples to celebrate Johnny Appleseed's Birthday. I may not place pictures next week, because some of the pictures of the crafts we will do have already been posted long ago.  We shall see if we have new stuff! ;)

Many Blessings,
Sherry :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Second Week of School

Our first week of school was a blast! I don't have pictures to show for any crafts that were done, because, we mainly worked on our All About Me Books.  For the first half of the year stuff .. We will finish those at the end of the school year and send those home then.

This week, we concentrated on crafts that were all about our Classroom Theme.

We painted handkerchiefs purchased from Wal-Mart with fabric paint to create our very own, one of a kind, bandannas.

We made armadillo arm bands found at Danielle's Place Website. I am a member, so I am able to get some AWESOME patterns!! :)  The kiddos colored the pattern, we cut them out, the armband is nothing but a tissue roll cut in half then split longways for an armband.  The children called them bracelets.  You could pretty much make any type of bracelet/armband, depending on your theme.

From Bing, I found the boot clip art or a coloring page (Right now, I'm not sure which I used for I use both to find what I'm looking for.) I usually resize the pictures in Word to get exactly what I'm looking for. In the past we have always made an Apple Painted with a clothespin on back and a magnet to hang up artwork. This year, we decided to use a boot to hang artwork to go along with our Classroom Theme.  We have found using the button magnets work waaay better than the magnetic strips.  The buttons we used this year, had a sticky back to them, but we did hot glue the clothes pin on the finished boot.  We also backed the boot onto poster board for durability.

I found the Wanted Poster from our local School Supply Store.  We decided to take pictures of each child in front of the Wanted Poster using the bandanna they created, and a plastic toy cowboy hat. The poem, I wrote to fit what we do in our classroom and at school.  The horseshoe is made from blue craft foam, and Melissa had the idea to use the brads to decorate them.  The pattern came from Oriental Trading Company.

We only had four crafts this week, for we made sure each child's picture was taken and everyone had a horseshoe to go on their craft. The horseshoe was hot glued to to the finished project. (We laminated the picture and poem.)  Everyone also made bandannas.  We have children that come different days of the week, so it's impossible to make sure everyone does the same thing in one day.

Next week, we will have Pet Week!!

Many Blessings until then...
Sherry Clarke